The Jurassic World Video Game That Almost Was

A tantalising glimpse at a Jurassic World video game that might have been.

Life Almost Found a Way

Anyone who has been following my ramblings for any length of time will know that there is little I’d like more than a modern Jurassic Park-based video game. I’ve always wanted such a game, but I first wrote about it back in February — and haven’t shut up about it since.

Despite being less-than-impressed with the film, I was sure that the hype surrounding Jurassic World would lead to the development of some sort of game. And while the film did lead to the release of a mobile game — not quite what I was hoping for — and LEGO Jurassic World — a real treat, but still not quite what I was hoping for — it has finally emerged that there was another.

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Thanks to the folks over at jurassicworld.org — who broke the story — we’ve had a tantalising glimpse at some assets from a Jurassic World video game that might have been.

In development at Cryptic Studios Seattle — since shut down — the game would likely have been a digital-only title available through Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN. Described as being similar to H1Z1, Cryptic’s title would reportedly have put players in control of Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady, and featured various species of dinosaur from the Jurassic series.

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Now, let’s not make any assumptions. This all sounds promising, yes, but given the game’s digital-only nature, and the fact that it was to tie-in to the film, it’s probable that this game would not have been the masterpiece Jurassic fans have been waiting for. That being said, it’s hard not to feel a little heartbroken now that this has come to light.

Still, there is a silver lining to be found in the fact that these assets existed, that they may still exist. Though, this time, the outcome isn’t the one fans would have preferred, this news demonstrates the fact that Jurassic-based video games are not extinct. At some stage, someone will give it another shot — and they might just succeed.

FOR THE ATTENTION OF VIDEO GAME DEVELOPERS EVERYWHERE
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2011. Yes, you read that right: 2011. That’s the last time there was a Jurassic game of any real significance. Whilst an enjoyable treat, LEGO Jurassic World wasn’t at all what the majority of fans have been waiting for, and with the commercial success of Jurassic World, it should have been but an appetiser for bigger, better things to come. Well… fire the waiter, and send some raptors into the kitchen to see what’s up, because we’re still waiting for the main course.

Jurassic is a franchise that lends itself to any number of genres, and there’s certainly no shortage of ideas for possible games. It really is about time one came along. Yes, there are rights involved, deals to be made and permissions to be gotten, but, let’s be honest: it’s going to happen.

Life will find a way, and someone will make one. Why not you?


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